Bel-Rayder’s Astonishing 7th Place Finish In the Alice/Finke Desert Race
June 19, 2008—Bel-Ray sponsored Darrel Knight may have been considered an underdog in the Alice/Finke Desert Race, however, onlookers were shocked when Knight crossed the day two finish line with a combined time of 6:00:58, securing him seventh place among the 503 competitors.
Due to the harsh climates of the Australian desert, the Alice/ Finke Desert Race is considered one of the most difficult races in the world. This off-road, multi-terrain two-day race stretches 460 kilometers from Alice Springs to Aputula (Finke) Community. The course is rough, windy, dusty and sandy. It all began in 1976 when a group of local motorbike riders agreed to a ‘there and back’ challenge from Alice Springs to the Finke River. The Alice/Finke Desert Race has been held on the second weekend of June every year since 1976.
Darrell Knight’s goal was to finish in the top 10 for his category. Everyone was blown away by his seventh place finish on a standard Renegade 4x4. Knight said, “The first section out of Finke was extremely dusty and I had my share of scary moments.” At one point in the race, Knight hooked out to the right side of the course to overtake a two wheeler. He slammed into a square edge washout at approximately 80 km/h. Sand went everywhere. Knight completed the pass and pushed as hard as he could for the last 20 km.
A key component to the success and victory of Darrell Knight is the high performance products that he used. With the sandy, dusty conditions in the Australian desert, it is essential to have good protection and lubrication for your bike. Bel- Ray Super Clean Chain Lube provided Knight with a high-tech, fling-free way to keep his wheels rolling through the extreme dirt and sand conditions. This phenomenal lube goes on white and dries to a slippery film that repels water and prevents rust and corrosion. Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube absolutely does not fling off, and its low-friction performance helps transfer more power to the drive wheel.
Darrel also used Bel-Ray Foam Filter Oil Spray which provides the highest levels of engine protection. With the exceptionally dusty conditions, it is easy for airborne particles to cause engine damage and clog the filter. However, Bel-Ray Foam Filter Oil is able to trap micron-sized particles and create a highly tacky barrier for superior filtration without restricting air flow. It is an easy-to-use product that allows users to effortlessly apply the product to the filter for complete filter coverage.
The Alice/Finke Desert Race is considered one of the hardest races in the world in which to compete. Out of the hundreds who begin the race, most are happy to cross the finish line. Riders face harsh weather and terrain conditions, grueling physical endurance and extraordinary logistic and mechanical challenges on the desert course. Bel-Ray is proud to have assisted Darrel Knight to achieve his remarkable success.